Village Manager’s Friday Report
5 January 2018
From the Village Manager:
Library and WCV Community Center. Current plans are to re-open the Library more fully starting on Monday, 8 January. Look below to see the programs and offerings we are working on. The opening and a return to normalcy is also predicated on our combined efforts into this weekend. Wednesday evening, the M/BOT held an emergency session to enable us to accelerate the restoration and recovery of the Library and Community Center. NYS General Municipal Law (GML) enables us to work directly with our insurance adjuster, insurance carrier and Serv-Pro to move as quickly as possible. Naturally the Village Engineer and I will be overseeing all these efforts.
This Weekend will be more like the movie … Polar Vortex. By any measure this weekend is slated to be even colder than these last few days. Strong winds with sub-zero chill factors will be uncomfortable and very dangerous. Drive slowly … despite our salting the cold weather hampers its effectiveness leaving patches of ice. Watch for drifting snow which limits road lane width. Our DPW will be out but the high winds and light, dry snow (more like sand) will be constantly shifting. Maybe just stay home … but please take precautions if you have to go out: that goes for your children and pets. You are also reminded that you are responsible for your sidewalks … to be cleared no later than 12 hours of the end of the snow fall. Please do not dump or have your snow plow driver just push the snow/ice into the street. It’s against the law and also dangerous for drivers and pedestrians. Quick removal of your snow and ice is important. In this weather the snow/ice basically converts
to a type of “concrete” that will remain for a very long time.
Route 9A X North State Road Intersection. In spite of and despite of the severe cold, work continues as best as possible.
Horsechestnut Road. This project and the Safe Routes to Schools (SRTS) work is basically furloughed until the Spring.
From our Village Departments
From the Village Clerk. As we have posted for many weeks in this report and on our website, Scarborough Station parking permits are still available: full enforcement is in effect. All requested second permits have been issued.
From the Department of Public Works (DPW).
- Bulk leaf pick-ups. As you know, we have extended our annual bulk leaf pick-up significantly beyond our usual timeframes and the recent weather we are going through has basically “iced” the service. All leaves must be bagged.
- As mentioned above … be careful driving this weekend in particular. We are attempting to keep ahead of the potential of drifting snow on any of over a dozen roads that are prone to these potential weather conditions. Drive slow, drive safe … or just stay home.
From the Library and Community Center.
- Hooked on Books (5 & 6 year olds). Wednesdays at 4:15-5:45 PM.~ Winter session I:~ 10, 17, & 31 January. Registration is required. This group focuses on developing a love for stories and comprehension skills via book extension activities, games, and crafts. Each meeting will focus on one or two stories with a related activity.
- Middle School Critics (6th through 8th graders). First Thursday of the month at Briarcliff Middle School (BMS) and Third Tuesday of the month at our Library. For dates, times and location please go to the Library website. Kids get together to write reviews of books, movies, music, apps and more. All reviews are compiled into a newsletter that is distributed at Briarcliff Middle School and is available in the library and on our website. We have snacks at each meeting. Please note: registration is required.
- Friday Night & Saturday Afternoon at the Movies - Victoria & Abdul (PG-13) on Friday, 19 January at 7:00 PM & Saturday, 20 January at 1:00 PM. This new-to-DVD film will be shown on our big screen on Friday with a repeat showing on Saturday. It depicts the extraordinary true story of an unexpected friendship in the later years of Queen Victoria’s (Judi Dench) remarkable rule.~ When Abdul Karim, a young clerk, travels from India to participate in the Queen’s Golden Jubilee, he is surprised to find favor with the Queen herself. You may bring your own snacks.
- Brown Bag Lunch Book Group: Tuesday, 23 January, from 12:30 - 2:00 PM - The Winter 2018 session of the Brown Bag Book discussion group starts on Tuesday, 23 January. Copies of the book for January, A Piece of the World by Christina Baker Kline, are available to borrow at the library. You may join this group at any time. To register, or to get more information, please email email@example.com or call 941-7072.
- Adult Coloring continues on Mondays from 1:00-2:30 PM. Join our popular Adult Coloring Group! Coloring has been proven to enhance concentration, relieve stress and help reduce anxiety. Come and explore your artistic side, meet new people, and have some fun, all while listening to soft relaxing music. Colored pencils, gel pens and coloring sheets will be provided or you may bring your own. Drop-in, no registration or artistic skills required!~ This program is cosponsored with the Briarcliff Manor Recreation Department.
- Everyday Remedies – Homeopathic Medicines in Everyday Life on Friday, 19 January at 11:00 AM. What is homeopathy? How does it work? What are the remedies made from? How do I buy remedies and take them? Why is it controversial? Learn how homeopathic remedies, which can be purchased at Health Food stores, can be used at home for everyday minor complaints such as bruises, bug bites, burns, abrasions, and more. This program is presented by Jennifer Gordon who is a local practitioner, a licensed, registered homeopath who practiced 12 years. She also teaches and supervises practitioners at the Irish School of Homeopathy, writes on complementary medicine for journals and local papers and offers seminars and courses.
- History of the Hudson River Valley: A mainstream course for adults 60 and over will meet on four Thursdays, 25 January; 1, 8, & 22 February from 1:00 - 3:00 PM. History Professor Leon DiMartino from Westchester Community College presents this four-part course on the early history of the Hudson River Valley. He will discuss how modern local towns developed from early settlements, the origin of local folklore and famous historical characters such as Benedict Arnold and Sybil Ludington. Participants really should be motivated to attend all four sessions.~ This program is free and is offered through the Mainstream Institute for~Mature Adults at Westchester Community College and is funded by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services - Administration on Aging, New York State Office for the Aging and
Westchester County Department of Senior Programs.~ Registration is required to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 941-6560.
- On Food And Cooking: Cookbook Meetup on Tuesday, 30 January at 12:30 PM. Join us as we get together to try out new cooking traditions and styles using cookbooks from the Library’s collection.~ The theme for this first meeting is to choose a favorite recipe that is meaningful to you.~ Make a recipe from that cookbook.~ The club will sample each other’s dishes during our meeting. Bring the cookbook (check it out from the library!) to discuss with the group.~ We plan to meet every other month (next meeting March 13).~ This group is led by Andrea Vladimir and Joanne Witmyer.
- Zero to Four Hundred Feet: Photos by Jim Drohan Jr~ will be on display on the second floor of the library from 3 – 31 January 2018.
- The 2018 Winter Program Brochure with our full listing of programs for adults, teens and children is now available on our website and in print at the Library.~ Please sign up for Library News at http://www.briarcliffmanor.org/subscriberlib and “like” our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/briarclifflibrary to find out about everything that’s happening at the Library.
From Recreation and Parks.
- Two New Adult Programs get underway next week … “Flow Yoga” classes begin Monday night from 7:00-8:00 pm, and a new “Pilates” group begins meeting Tuesday morning from 9:30-10:30 AM. Both of these programs will take place in the Community Center on the 2nd floor. If you’re interested in joining, please contact the Recreation Office for registration information at 941-6560.
- Registration for the Winter 2018 After School Enrichment Program (aka TASK) is now underway!~ Registrations will be accepted in person, by mail and online until noon on Friday, 12 January.~ Students will be placed in programs on a first-come, first-served basis and registrations received after the deadline will incur a $15 late fee … please REGISTER EARLY!~ There are 28 different programs available and all classes begin the week of 29 January. Visit the Recreation page of the Village website at www.briarcliffmanor.org/recreation and click on the “After School
Program” link for detailed information on all programs.
- The Law Park Ice Rink is OPEN, and the snow from yesterday’s storm has been cleared! All residents wishing to utilize the rink to “buy in” and support this offering by purchasing a 2018 seasonal “Ice Skating Permit” for each member of the family that may want to skate this winter. Our permit system is simple and inexpensive. Seasonal permits are $5.00 per person for Village residents and $10.00 per person for School District residents and Guests.~ Detailed information including schedule, rules and permit information is available on our website by clicking the “Law Park Ice Rink” link.
- Platform Tennis season is in full swing, so please support the program and get your permits! Players are welcome and encouraged to purchase or renew their permits by calling the Recreation Office at 941-6560.
- The Recreation Department’s Winter Program Brochure is available online and registration is already underway for most programs. Visit the Recreation page of the Village website~at the link above for further information on all programs and seasonal offerings. Click on the “Winter Brochure” link to access a .pdf copy suitable for viewing, downloading and printing.
- If you are looking to stay informed with up to the minute information regarding Recreation Department programs and services, please make sure you subscribe to our “Recreation News” e-mail notification system available through the Village website. In addition to announcing new offerings, we use the system to keep you informed of such things as upcoming registration dates, deadlines, cancellation announcements and community special events. ~Simply visit the Village’s website at www.briarcliffmanor.org, access the Recreation page, and click on the “Subscribe to News” link to
From the Village Treasurer.
- Your second half Village tax bill is now past due. Please go to our web-site to verify amounts and procedures. The current penalty is for the entire month of January and is not negotiable or discounted. If you have questions, call the Village Treasurer’s office: 914-944-2787.
- The new Federal Tax Code taking effect in February has caused much debate and inquiry at all levels of government. As we have stated several times, village government with fiscal years starting 1 June could not and didn’t take in “advance/prepayment” funds. We have included the most recent IRS advisory on this matter for your information. Basically it’s what it is.
Mayor and Board of Trustees. The next M/BOT meeting will be TUESDAY, 16 January 2018, starting with a W/S at 6:30 PM and the BOT session at 8:00 PM. Notice is provided for an Executive Session, if necessary. All sessions will be at the WVJ Community Center.
Philip E. Zegarelli,
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